Let’s be honest. Reading the Bible regularly is not always easy. We’re very busy. We have to work, there’s a forever long to-do list of chores around the house, the kids are demanding our attention (I don’t have kids yet but I can only imagine), and sometimes the Bible can just flat out be difficult to understand. I get it. But, let’s be honest again…you can’t have a relationship with God and know His will for you if you’re not reading your Bible and spending time with Him, right?
I have been a Christian for 12 years and it wasn’t until about a year ago that I started taking my Bible reading seriously. YIKES…I know. I thank marriage for kicking my butt into gear. There’s just something about being married that makes you want to be a better person! I still have a lot of growing to do, but the impact it’s made on my life already is amazing. I have developed a relationship with God that I didn’t realize I was missing out on, and I have improved my relationships with the people in my life as well.
I am no pro at reading my Bible. I have five practical tips to improve your Bible reading. All of which are things I have done. However, if I am being honest, some of these things I have done a really good job at being consistent with and others I have not. So, this blog post is just as much for me as it is for you!
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:15)
Before you open your Bible, pray about it! This is something that just recently and randomly came to mind like a “duh moment.” Pray that God helps clear your mind and helps you to focus on what you’re reading. Furthermore, pray that He helps you to understand what you read. This is such a simple but powerful thing you can do to help improve your Bible reading.
Dedicate a specific time during your day that you’re going to read your Bible every day. It could be in the morning when you wake up, during your lunch break, after putting the kids to bed, etc. For me, that time is in the morning when I wake up. Before I start working, I read my Bible. I chose this time for myself because I know if I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I won’t do it. I have tried reading before going to bed or during my lunch, but I find that there’s too many distractions and I come up with too many excuses not to read. Pick a time that works for you, and stick to it.
As the famous saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Likewise, you’re not going to be a stellar Bible reader and be able to sit and read your Bible for an hour over night! Set a goal and start small. Start by reading for just 10-15 minutes a day. When that starts to feel easy, add 5-10 minutes to your reading time. Keep adding 5-10 minutes until you reach your goal, whatever that might be. This will look different for everyone. A preacher is going to be reading more than 30 minutes a day…I hope. However, if you’re a mom, your situation is much different and you may be striving for 30- 45 minutes a day. Whatever your goal is, start small, build your way up, and rock it out!
This is one thing I need to be more consistent with. Whatever you read for the day, write down two sentences. I taught fourth grade for three years…it’s A LOT of writing and a lot of tears haha, but if they can write a full page, we can write two sentences. It can be something you learned, something that stuck out to you, or something you have a question about. This will help you think about what you read and remember it. Write it down in a journal, or start a word documents and type it!
If you’re anything like me, you are very talented and can read something and then have no idea what you just read. Reread what you read. Either reread right then and there, or take a 5 minute coffee break and then come back and reread. You can even reread again the next day. It’s amazing how you can read something several different times and every time something sticks out that you didn’t notice before!
I hope and pray that you take one or all of these tips and apply it to your Bible reading. I pray that you use these tips and see improvement in your reading. I know it’s not easy, but it’s so worth it! There’s nothing better than cultivating a relationship with God! As I’ve mention already, I am working on improving my Bible reading too, so if you have any tips to add, please send me an email! I would love to hear from you.
RESOURCES & TOOLS WE LOVE
Prayer Journal : We know from experience that prioritizing time with God can be a challenge. This journal is a result of a growing desire we (Andrea & Tara) have to spend more time with the Lord. We designed this journal with simple prompts to help you meditate daily on spiritual things, organize your prayers, and reflect on what the Lord has done for you!
Scripture Journals: "These journals pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of the biblical text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of scripture." I love to use these journals when deep diving into a specific book. Something about having a smaller book in front of me makes the task seem less daunting, and allows me to mark up and annotate all I want. It helps me to deepen my study and understanding of what I am reading!
Felt Pens: We LOVE felt pens! We are all about making our journaling look pretty! These are hands down our favorite pens to use when writing in our prayer journal or scripture journals!